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Table 3 Proportion of healthcare professionals agreeing a with statements about solo-mother by choice families

From: Attitudes among paediatric healthcare professionals in Sweden towards sperm donation to single women: a survey study

AttitudesTotal bRegistered nursePhysicianPsychologist
 n (%)n (%)n (%)
A child needs two parents127 (64.1)89 (66.4)30 (63.8)8 (47.1)
Single mothers can very well take care of a child on their own176 (89.3)122 (91.7)36 (80.0)18 (94.7)
Single women with children conceived through sperm donation shall have the same right to child support as other single parents131 (65.5)88 (65.7)29 (61.7)14 (73.7)
The child is as healthy as other children119 (60.1)81 (60.9)27 (57.4)11 (61.1)
The child risks worse physical health39 (19.9)27 (20.5)9 (20.0)3 (15.8)
The child risks worse mental health64 (32.2)43 (32.3)16 (34.0)5 (26.3)
Single women with children conceived through sperm donation are more involved in their children compared to mothers in other families49 (25.0)38 (28.8)8 (17.8)3 (15.8)
The child may experience a social stigma75 (37.7)47 (35.3)19 (40.4)9 (47.4)
When mature enough, it is good for the child to be able to know the identity of the donor139 (70.2)91 (68.9)32 (68.1)16 (84.2)
It is best for the child if the method of how he/she was conceived is kept secret throughout life4 (2.0)4 (3.0)00
It is important that the parents are honest with the child with regard to how he/she was conceived185 (93.4)123 (93.2)43 (91.5)19 (100)
The child’s relationship with the parent could be damaged if he/she learns about the mode of conception24 (12.2)17 (12.9)6 (13.0)1 (5.3)
Contact with the donor (when mature enough) can be harmful for the offspring and/or the family12 (6.0)10 (7.5)2 (4.3)0
  1. a Indicating 4 or 5 on a five-point Likert scale (Strongly agree/ Agree); b All participants did not answer all questions;